Acknowledged as the first woman trumpeter in a major symphony orchestra, Marie Speziale retired from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in November of 1996 after having served as its Associate Principal Trumpet for thirty-two years (1964-1996). A graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ms. Speziale studied with Robert Price, Robert Braunagel, Eugene Blee and Arnold Jacobs.
Anne Schnoebelen, Mullen Professor Emerita of Musicology, received a bachelor of arts degree from Rosary College, a master of music in piano and a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She joined the Shepherd School faculty in 1974 as one of the original faculty members. She has served as chair of the musicology department, director of graduate studies, and acting dean of the Shepherd School.
William Murray is a graduate of Adelphi University in New York and has studied language at Universita Perugia, Yale University and the Goethe Institute. He studied voice with Mme Karin Branzell in New York, Luigi Ricci and Giuseppe Bertelli in Italy and with Hertha Kalcher in Germany. He also worked entensively with Prof. Carl Orff in Munchen. He made his professional debut in Italy at the Teatro Spiimentale, Spolete in Segreto di Susanna as Conte Gil and in Germany at the Landestheater Detmold in Tosca as Scarpia.
Kathleen Kaun is one of today's leading teachers of the art of classical singing. Her schooling in classical technique is informed by extensive professional experience in the real world of performance. After an operatic career in Austria and Germany spanning 13 years and 30 major roles, she joined the music faculty of Northwestern University in 1983. She has taught at New England Conservatory and is now Chair of Voice and Opera at Rice University. Ms. Kaun was principle voice coach for the Apprentice Artist Program of the Sante Fe Opera during the seasons spanning 1990-1996.
Joyce Farwell, mezzo-soprano, received her undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Oklahoma, where she worked with the operatic tenor Joseph Benton. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she studied and coached with the famous bass-baritone, Italo Tajo. Dr. Farwell is professor of voice at the Shepherd School and also teaches Vocal Pedagogy and Vocal Coaching for Collaborative Artists.
Marcia J. Citron is Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Distinguished Service Professor of Musicology Emerita. A member of the faculty since 1976, Citron specializes in music of the Romantic era, opera, opera and film, gender in music, and Brahms. In addition to numerous articles she has authored five books, including two devoted to her current interest, media representations of opera: When Opera Meets Film (2010, Cambridge University Press) and Opera on Screen (2000, Yale University Press).